Ward 1 representative Michael Meehlhause announced his intention to run for mayor this year.
According to a release, Meehlhause won his first Bemidji Council election in 2012, the same year he graduated from Bemidji State University, making him the youngest council member in Bemidji’s history. Meehlhause said that as mayor, he will “bring his experience and exuberance for this city to help us envision Bemidji’s future together.”
Meehlhause has lived in Bemidji since 2007, and currently works as an Academic Advisor at Trek North High School, and is also the Nordic Ski Team coach.
The filing period for five of Bemidji’s seven elected officer positions begins this morning, with a $5 filing fee and affidavits of candidacy may be filed electronically, in a first for this year.
The elected positions include regular elections for Wards 1, 3 and 5, each four year terms; a special election for Ward 2, which would be about a 2 year term; and the mayor’s position, a 2 year term.